Edward Moncada, 2005 WSOP $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Champion

Edward Moncada
Edward Monacada behind a nice pile of money and the pocket 8's that won the WSOP 2005 Event 11, $2,000 Pot-limit Hold'em tournament.

Edward Moncada is the winner of Event 11, the 2005 WSOP $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament. He is a professional poker player and a natural talent at tournaments. His mentor in cash games told him that everything he had tried to teach him about tournaments he already knew.

How long have you been playing poker?

I have been playing poker professionally for about 3 and a half years.

Do you play online poker?

I play a lot of online poker and have qualified for major events through online poker rooms. My favorite online poker rooms are PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Party Poker, and Paradise Poker.

What is your favorite poker game?

I like No-Limit Hold'em Double Shootouts and short-handed Limit Hold'em. Short-handed Limit Hold'em is great because I get to play a lot of hands and players tend to make so many mistakes in this game.

What is your strategy going into a major poker tournament?

Basically I adjust to the table. If the table is passive, I play aggressively, and if the table is aggressive, I tend to play passively.

Do you play as much in tournaments as you do in cash games?

Before this year's Series, my winnings were about equally distributed between cash games and tournaments. But I recently won a major online poker tournament and now a WSOP bracelet so I guess the tournament winnings have outmatched my cash game winnings.

Going into the final table this year, what was your plan?

I looked to dominate the table early and started out very aggressively and active. I had the most respect for Freddy Deeb and also the young runner-up, Steve Hudak. I had Deeb set up for a big bluff because I had pushed him off hands earlier in the tournament when I held big hands. I re-raised him with a 4-2, which I showed after he showed an ace because I wanted to rattle him a bit. I did this because I thought he was the main threat at the table.

What does the future of poker look like to you?

Number one, I don't want to go broke. Number two, I don't want to have a regular job.

Why do you love poker?

I have always loved puzzles and games, also I found poker almost therapeutic in a sense. Competition is another major factor, I am very competitive.

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